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03-06-2002 12:17 PM
Quentin This week's issue of The Fisherman says that Quabbin is scheduled to open for fishing on April 13. They will probably have reduced hours of use (6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
03-06-2002 09:20 AM
Originally posted by John Desjardins
Striblue, thats a good observation. I wonder where to find those maps. CWMars maybe?
I have a detailed topo map of Quabbin. Of course, I can't find it at the moment and can't remember where I got it (maybe Pioneer Sporting Goods in Northampton?), but I know they are readily available. Nice maps too. They are waterproof and durable. If I remember correctly they show the old road beds and indicate where the old towns were.

There is also a book about the history of Quabbin and the towns that were flooded. It gives directions to the remains of the towns, and I believe it includes directions to the visible underwater structures. I think my sister has a copy. If so, I will borrow it from her so that I can mark the locations on my map.

03-05-2002 11:28 AM
John Desjardins Quentin, thanks I hadn't looked at your link. it does have the rental info.

Striblue, thats a good observation. I wonder where to find those maps. CWMars maybe?

On a Quabbin related note, yesterday Marla Blair had a post on the VFS site with a report on access to the Y pool & Quabbin this year. The short version of it is that Massachussetts budgetary situation & security concerns may change the fees & access hours from those currently posted and possible access to the west side of the swift from rt 9 to the Y pool in April.
03-05-2002 10:43 AM
striblue Terry... I saw that too ... a great show... My father used to take me there when I was a kid to fish and there was a boat rental ... but to long ago to remember.. What I found interesting is that one of the dive crews stated that they could find no fish anywhere except around the man made structures below water... arounf old bridges etc... I think it might be a good idea to get a map of the lay out below to find those huge structure.
03-04-2002 05:28 PM
Quentin John,
The second link in my message above has a link to the boat rental info. Prices are very reasonable.
03-04-2002 03:12 PM
juro I have quite a bit of Quabbin bronzeback experience from the days fishin' with my good buddy Brian Maraschiello. He's no longer with us, but fishes with me always in spirit.

We used to launch at Gate #8 for salmonids and Gate #42 for smallies. Our plan was to hit the warmwater fish on the way out to the narrows where lakers and salmon were supposed to be concentrated.

Of all the times we launched out of Gate #42 only once did we ever get past the warmer turbid waters where there are probably more smallmouth per square mile than anywhere else I've ever fished, even more than Winnepesaukee where we averaged 40 fish per angler in a weekend and some pushing 5 pounds. Average size in Quabbin was not as large as the Winni fish but abundance was incredible and there were a few good ones in the mix to boot.

Two methods worked for us - one was to wind drift over shoals, loaded with bass. The other was to work the shoreline, more fun but the fishing was better in morning and evening along the shore and better in open water during the day.

Use a sinking line for shoal work and a floating bug taper for shore work. Intermediate would work inopen water but you'd have to slow everything down.

Deceivers, crayfish patterns, leeches, bunnies, clousers, will all work.

I think I just talked myself into this!
03-04-2002 02:59 PM
John Desjardins I've also seen that documentary and would be interested in a Quabbin clave.

The reservoir should be open to boating next spring according to this note on the Reopening of Quabbin. I'l check my Pc at home for links on the boats at Quabbin I think that I do have info on renting them.

The regulations for access are at
03-04-2002 02:15 PM
Quentin Lefty,

Although it is "big water", there are 2 boat launching areas on the north end of the reservoir where there are smaller coves and islands that provide shelter under most wind conditions.
03-04-2002 02:15 PM
Roop Terry,

That's a great idea - I happen to have a whole bunch of smally flies we ould use too!
03-04-2002 01:46 PM
Lefty Thanks Quentin,

Just read the Mass. regs on the Quabin. I thought there was a 10hp limit on outboards. Turns out you can have 1/2 the boats hp rating up to 20 HP. So I can blast out there with my 15 Hp. I realize it's big water too. Could be a nice trip in late May.

03-04-2002 01:06 PM
Quentin Here are a couple of links re: Quabbin. I didn't explore the sites, but there is a notice in the Alta Vista search results that says Quabbin is closed until further notice due to security concerns

I'm not surprised that the underwater shots showed some monster smallies. The Fisherman magazine often has reports of massive catches of smallmouths when they are in prespawn and spawning phases. I've read reports of anglers catching 50 or more fish per day, with average sizes in the 2 - 4 lb range. (I didn't have any such luck, but did manage to get a few). There is also a healthy population of landlocked salmon and lake trout, although I believe the average size is under 20".

03-04-2002 12:15 PM
Quabin REsovoir

FWIW, last night I saw a documentary called "Under the Quabbin". It showed underwater footage taken by the Ma. State Police Divers diving amongst the remains of the flooded villages. You wouldn't believe some of the Smallmouth that swam by! QUABIN CLAVE!!!
Anyone know the particulars of boat rentals, shore access?


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